Fifty Doctors at Maynooth Geography


Dr Shaun Harrigan and family, 9 September 2016

The Department of Geography at Maynooth dates back to 1972.[i] The first doctoral student, Séamus Lafferty, graduated in 2000 and with the graduation today, 9 September 2016, of Shaun Harrigan, the Department graduates its fiftieth doctoral student. Maynooth has been in the vanguard of developing geographical doctoral research in Ireland, with the development of a structured PhD programme calibrated according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, and most recently with the development of a thesis-by-publication programme.[ii] We continue to monitor our programme and welcome the engagement of our students in developing our understanding of effective ways to nurture doctoral research.[iii] A time will come for analysis and reflection, but not today. Today we are delighted to do no more than congratulate and celebrate our fifty Geography doctors (see list below) and we commend their supervisors, examiners, fellow students, and the wider geographical community that has brought the programme at Maynooth this far. Well done. We are very proud,

Gerry Kearns

Professor of Geography

Head of Geography


  1. Lafferty, Séamus (2000) The spatial implications of the transformation of production agriculture in the Republic of Ireland.
  2. McHugh, Céline (2001) A spatial analysis of socio-economic adjustments in rural Ireland 1986-1996.
  3. Coughlan, Ann (2002) Off the beaten track: Attracting tourists to rural Ireland as a strategy for rural development.
  4. Kavanagh, Adrian Patrick (2002) Social deprivation, political alienation and community empowerment. The geography of voter turnout in Ireland, 1997-2002, and its association with social deprivation. [online]
  5. Houghton, Francis Thomas (2002) Inequality, relative deprivation and health in Ireland: A multiscale analysis.
  6. Threadwell Shine, Kasey (2003) Energising governance and exclusion: Exploring the management and trajectories of exclusion in a disadvantaged neighbourhood through complexity theory.
  7. Crowley, Úna (2003) A spatial genealogy of Travellers in Ireland 1830-2003.
  8. Fealy, Rowan (2004) An Assement of the Relationship between Glacier Mass Balance and Synoptic Climate in Norway: Likely future implications of climate change. [online]
  9. Roche, Martina (2004) Cancer in the South Eastern Health Board area: Actual occurrence versus public perceptions of risk.
  10. McElwain, Laura (2004) The detection and prediction of climate change in Ireland using an automated classification of atmospheric circulation patterns.[ online]
  11. Power, Andrew (2005) Landscapes of care: A geographical study of informal care and care support in Ireland using international comparisons.
  12. Murphy, Conor (2006) The impact of climate change on catchment hydrology and water resources for selected catchments in Ireland.
  13. Breathnach, Prionnsias (2006) The diffusion of the co-operative creamery system in Ireland, 1889-1920: A spatial analysis.
  14. Brennan, Nicola (2006) Linkages, Logistics and the Spatial structure of the Irish Manufacturing Industry
  15. O’Keefe, Brendan (2006) The contributions and limitations of partnership processes in rural development.
  16. Broscheid, Matthias (2007) Theorising neo-liberal reforms and the shifting contours of local governance in Dublin: A case study on the metamorphosis of the local partnership model under the 2000-2006 Local Development and Social Inclusion Programme.
  17. Teck, Rod (2007) Mid-latitude explosive cycogenesis: The confounding factors.
  18. Crowley, Caroline (2007) A spatial analysis of agriculture in the Republic of Ireland, 1991-2000.
  19. Cullen, Elizabeth (2007) Climate change and health in Ireland: A national vulnerability assessment. [online]
  20. Gallagher, Johann M. (2008) Monitoring access to essential local public service infrastructure in rural areas.
  21. Kelly, Mary (2008) Viewing the past through the postcolonial lens: The imaginative geographies of George Moore, Edith Somerville and Martin Ross, and Elizabeth Bowen.
  22. Keaveney, Karen (2009) Contested ruralities: Housing in the Irish countryside. [online]
  23. Liu, Xiaochen (2010) Climate change and sustainable urban development: A case-study of the Greater Dublin Region.
  24. Monagle, James (2009) Four festivals and a city: A critique of actor-network theory as an approach to understanding the emergence and development of flagship festivals in Kilkenny from 1964 to 2004. [online]
  25. Flatman Watson, Sheelah (2009) Access to mainstream primary education environments: The case for pupils with an intellectual and/or a pervasive developmental disability. [online]
  26. Mir Pellicer, Xavier (2010) Geophysical characterisation and evolutionary model of the Quaternary sediments in the North Offaly region of central Ireland. [online]
  27. Mathews, Elizabeth S. (2011) Mainstreaming of deaf education in the Republic of Ireland: Language, power, resistance. [online]
  28. Watters, John J. (2011) Migrant families in Ireland: Understanding the culture landscapes of transnational family life. [online]
  29. Keegan, Kevin William (2011) Form in the manner of landscape: Distillation of a concept through language and literature. [online]
  30. Foley, Aideen (2010) Quantifying sources of uncertainty in regional climate model scenarios for Ireland. [online]
  31. O’Riordain, Sean (2010) Assessing the local-centre government policy relationship in Ireland. [online]
  32. Meredith, David (2012) Labour and Geography in Ireland, 2006: Evaluating the National Spatial Strategy for Ireland 2002-2020: People, Places and Potential. [online]
  33. Hobbs, Adrienne (2012) Young people as active citizens: Placing youth participation structures in the Republic of Ireland under critical scrutiny. [online]
  34. Flood, Stephen (2012) Climate change and potential economic impacts in Ireland: The case for adaptation. [online]
  35. Broderick, Ciaran J. (2012) Climate change and Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar): Changes in flow and freshwater habitat in the Burrishoole catchment. [online]
  36. Hall, Julia (2013) Information and decision-support for robust adaptation of Irish water resources to climate change. [online]
  37. Courtney, Daniel (2013) Sustainability of intensified agricultural production in the Boyne catchment. [online]
  38. O’Byrne, John (2013) Networks and the development of the Irish biotechnology sector. [online]
  39. Burroughs, Elaine (2013) Irish institutional discourses of illegal immigration: A critical discourse analysis approach. [online]
  40. O’Reilly, Zoe (2013) ‘In between spaces’: Experiences of asylum seekers in the ‘direct provision’ system in Ireland. [online]
  41. Smyth, David (2012) Climate change and its potential impacts on construction in Ireland: The argument for mitigation and adaptation. [online]
  42. Tembo, Mavuto Denis (2013) A dynamic assessment of adaptive capacity to climate change: A case study of water management in Makondo, Uganda. [online]
  43. Grealis, Eoin (2014) A dynamic spatial microsimulation model for Irish agricultural emissions. [online]
  44. O’Mahony, Eoin (2015) Religious and secular places: Understanding the changing geographies of religion in Ireland. [online]
  45. Keogh, Stephanie (2015) An assessment of radiative, energy and carbon-dioxide fluxes over three urban locations in Dublin. [online]
  46. Duffy, Catriona (2014) Developing a temperature-dependent simulation model for Sitobion avenae: Impacts of climate change for spring barley in Ireland.
  47. McGloughlin, Jackie S. (2015) Climate change governance: Enhancing local authorities’ adaptive capacity. [online]
  48. Walsh, Sandra (2014) Salutogenesis 2.0: An examination of healthy ageing-in-place using a qualitative application of the Sense of Coherence. [online]
  49. Pollard, Ciaran P. (2015) A temperature-dependent development model for willow beetle species (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in Ireland: Simulation of phenology/voltinism in response to climate change. [online]
  50. Harrigan, Shaun (2016) Exploring the hydroclimatology of floods: From detection to attribution. [online]


[i] Patrick J. Duffy, ‘Foreword,’ in Alistair Fraser (ed.) Anniversary Essays: Forty Years of Geography at Maynooth (Maynooth: Department of Geography, 2012) i-v.

[ii] Rob Kitchin, ‘Undertaking PhD research in human geography in Ireland,’ GeoJournal 80:2 (2015) 239-242.

[iii] Adrienne Hobbs, Elaine Burroughs, and Jackie McGloughlin, ‘Improving formal research training: Developments at NUIMaynooth, Ireland,’ GeoJournal 80:2 (2015) 197-201.


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